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Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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***** Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) events (...??) *****

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17/10/17

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Technical' Notes
1) I send copies of my circulars to several different email addresses of my own (Plusnet, Hotmail, Gmail) to help check that as many as possible are reaching their intended recipients. Last week the copy to my Plusnet address unusually finished up in my spam folder. Very occasionally a copy may disappear without trace. I have no idea why - the joys of email! Anyway, if you think you may be missing a copy at any time, you can always find the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, along with the most recent circular(s).
2) A chance communication with a recipient of these circulars has revealed that Gmail, as well as probably putting the circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.
The person in question had failed to see the 'Christmas events' section in Part because of the above clipping.

Part One below - A full listing for the coming 5 weeks
Part Two - Other stuff
(featured venue: Beehive Arts Centre, Honiton)

***** Part One *****

Thursday 19 October 2017 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com. This event repeats in 2018: 15 February, 19 April, 21 June.

NEW Friday 20 October 2017 7.30pm - Martin Carthy - St Andrew’s Parish Church, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NN
"Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all" Q Magazine - performing in the Medieval acoustic marvel of Moreton’s parish church. An experience not to be missed! Tickets £14 from Moretonhampstead Information Centre, or online www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martin-carthy-tickets-36542344135?aff=es2.

NEW Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - Red Dirt Skinners - Cadeleigh Parish Hall, nr Tiverton EX16 8HW
Sublime genre-crossing musicianship from a multi-award winning folk/roots duo who blend exceptional harmonies with unique instrumentation to create a full band sound - the internationally acclaimed Skinners sound. www.reddirtskinners.com. Tickets £10 adv from Catherine telephone 01884 855311, online www.wegottickets.com/event/413622, £12 door.

Friday 20 October 2017 7.30pm - Cara Dillon - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, returns for a second visit as part of the Folk at The Flavel series. Cara, along with musical partner Sam Lakeman, has become one of the finest exponents of Irish song whilst steering an eclectic musical path, combining the traditional and contemporary. Her many awards include BBC Radio 2 Folk Album of the Year. Support: Local singer songwriter Sam Fearon. www.theflavel.org.uk. 01803 839530.

UPDATED Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - Wizz Jones - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Folk/Blues legend, Wizz Jones, has been a performer for many decades and is considered one of the finest blues/ragtime guitarists in the country, as well as being a fine entertainer. From busking in the early days with Rod Stewart, Wizz has gone on to work with the likes of fellow guitarist, Pete Berryman, banjo-picker, Pete Stanley and Ralph McTell, with whom he has recently rekindled a duo partership and subsequently recorded an album. www.wizzjones.com/index.html. Support: Nine Pound Catfish. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 20 October 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
details tba/tbc French & Breton dance and music. Guest: Venn: Mike Smith, hurdy gurdies, cittern, guitar; Julian Scott, bagpipes, flutes, pastoral oboe; Marcus Scott, diatonic accordions; Ken Rush, electric basses, mandocello. Support band "The Drones Club". Doors 7.45pm, main band 8pm, tea break, 9pm support, main band 9.45pm. Admission £7 includes tea & biscuits. No Bar, BYO.
Information: Pat/Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com, www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - State of the Union 2017 - Milverton Music Club, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Blues man Brookes Williams on tour from USA in a duo with Boo Hewerdine. Tickets £10. BYO drinks. Call 01823 400416 for more information or visit www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - Tankus The Henge - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Support: Funke and the Two Tone Baby. Tankus the Henge is uplifting and wild, dark and heartfelt. A six-piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical influences from old time fairgrounds to modern day circus; The Beatles to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans.A unique mix of reggae, ska, and funk to ragtime gypsy punk! Front-man Jaz Delorean wows with his voice and ragtime piano skills. £10 adv, £12 door. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

20-22 October 2017 - Ilfracombe Folk, Roots & World Music Festival
3 days of live music, 18 acts, accommodation. Lineup: 1 headline tba; Papillon; Luke Daniels; Kezia; Folklaw; Alice Gullick; Fairport Convention; Richard Digance; Wille & The Bandits; Galley Beggar; The Broadside Boys; Lindisfarne; Emi McDade; Gilmore & Roberts; Said The Maiden; Mia and the Moon; Linda Em; Crumbling Ghost. Details www.ilfracombefolkfestival.co.uk. Early bird tickets available.

Friday 20 October 2017 7.30pm - Sam Green & The Midnight Heist - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A must see for fans of the John Butler Trio, Gomez, Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsy's and Nirvana; Sam's virtuoso Lap slide, Electric and acoustic guitar playing are now partnered into a rock solid 4 piece line up with powerful songwriting and soulful, raspy vocals delivering the message of social equality, anti-capitalism and love in the turbulent year of 2017. There are as always, observational stories with in the songs tackling current affairs and making sense of personal troubles and triumphs told with humour, satire and positivity. ‘Hill-Billy Beats and catchy choruses‘ Rapture Magazine. ‘A classic retro sound. Kicking out the folk blues jams!! " BBC Introducing. www.samgreenandthemidnightheist.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/415065. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Saturday 21 October 2017 5-11pm - Trafalgar Night - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Led by Derek Brooks of the Exmouth Shanty Men. Guests Inc The Chantry Bouys. Becky Brooks and local Shanty Men. Come and sing and celebrate Trafalgar Day (We won, but lost Nelson) raising funds for the RNLI.

Saturday 21 October 2017 7.30pm - Andreas Tophøj & Rune Barslund - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Witness two leading folk musicians perform an array of captivating tunes. Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund perform with violin, accordion and viola. The two Danes emerged from the folk scene formed arond the Academy of Music in Odense, and their sound is closely linked to Danish folk tradition. The duo combine their roots with the inspiration collected from residing in Ireland and the US, and from encounter with Celtic and Nordic musicians and cultures. Their repertoire is based on a compelling musical melting pot and mainly features original compositions, such as their track 'The Danish Immigrant', winner of track of the year at the Danish Music Awards Folk. www.andreasrune.dk. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/415066. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 21 October 2017 - Bicton Street Blues - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Back for their fourth annual concert Dave Gwilliam and Olly Davey bring their unique take on classic blues and country plus their own original songs. Plus support from Eliza Acty: Singer and musician with a unique vocal style. She performs a wide range of folk, Americana, old-time, blues, original and contemporary songs. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo. Not to be missed! Tickets £7 from the pub (01392 873862) or phone 01395 271780, and include a free 5 track CD of original songs.

Saturday 21 October 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - St George's Hall, Dartmouth Road, Paignton TQ4 6NY
Come and join us for a boisterous evening of dancing. Presented as a fundraiser by the Friends of Froward Point, National Coastwatch, for the watch station there. BYO alcohol. Crisps etc. and soft drinks will be on sale. Tickets £10, available from (all phone codes 01803) Paddy Jewry 842481, Linda Lister 391058, Hilary Bussell 752365. Please include SAE with payment. £12 door (check availability).

Saturday 21 October 2017 8pm - LBGTQ+ & Friends Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Lounge. Caller: Jeremy Child. £10 (£5 concs). More details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lgbtq-friends-ceilidh, www.barndancecaller.net/genderfree/ceilidh.html.

Saturday 21 October 2017 9pm - Threaded - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Following rave reviews from the release of their second album the ‘super talented’ (Bright Young Folk) trio Threaded are taking their live show around the UK! Prepare to be blown away by ‘creative, clever and captivating music of instant allure and appeal’! (The Living Tradition). Described by FATEA as ‘atmospheric heaven’ and by Folk Radio UK as an ‘impressive talent’, Threaded will take you on a journey through a roller coaster of emotions and musical imagery, with copious amounts of reflection and participation, and you will be left ‘feeling fresh, elated and eager for more.’ (Folk Radio UK). Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sunday 22 October 2017 7.30pm - John Smith - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Support Tobias ben Jacob. John Smith has played to audiences all over the world, he tours relentlessly with his guitars, looking to communicate through a song and to share something intangible with those willing to listen. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. John plays a rumbling acoustic fingerstyle but sometimes uses a slide or plays the guitar on his lap. His playing and honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds the world over to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause. John has self-released four albums. “He’s a magician”-Ben Howard, “Spellbinding”-Time Out. www.johnsmithjohnsmith.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/412496. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 22 October 2017 - Heidi Talbot - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Recipient of 2008’s Indie Acoustic award and the multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Heidi Talbot is exploring the idea of jumping, whether it’s into new musical territories, new bands, new studio, new label, new family... Heidi’s fifth solo album crosses the ages, jumps into the unknown, traverses oceans and musical styles – from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again. The County Kildare singer-songwriter, who now resides in Scotland with her musical partner and husband John McCusker, is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on the album, including Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Duke Special, Adam Holmes and Boo Hewerdine. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

UPDATED Baring-Gould Folk Weekend & Song School - Okehampton
Song School:· 22-27 October 2017 - Guest Tutor: John Kirkpatrick www.baring-gould.co.uk.
Folk Weekend: 27-29 October 2017 - This year we are very pleased to be able to welcome from Florence the trio Vincanto, a group of singers we met as part of our European project. They have a great store of traditional Tuscan and Italian folk songs and work in ways very similar to Wren with community projects. www.vincantomusica.it. Other artists booked so far include John Kirkpatrick, Polly Bolton, Hannah Cummings and of course the full Wren team will be there to showcase highlights from this year’s busy Wren programme. www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Thursday 26 October 2017 8pm - Rodney Branigan - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville and put it all together in London.
He masterfully combines extraordinary multi-instrumental skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice (often compared to Jeff Buckley). A passion for musical diversity has seen Rodney travel the world with his own inimitable style of musicianship. Having toured his native America coast-to-coast. Rodney’s desire to share his fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz have also seen him play China as well as France, Germany and Switzerland, earning him love from fans and respect from established musicians alike. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 27 October 2017 - Steve Ashley - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
An intimate concert with Steve Ashley  who has been described as one of the finest singer/songwriters in Britain, if not the entire English speaking world. If you have heard Phil Beer sing Fire and Wine and wondered who wrote it, look no further as it was written by Steve. www.steveashley.co.uk. Adv tickets £12. To book please call Maggie on 01803 855961 / 07770 806083 or email scotcraft@msn.com, online www.wegottickets.com/event/416761. Support from Maggie and Tiggy = 'Milliner's Daughter' who have some new songs from uncharted territory, and they would love your feed back on their new ideas. To judge, of course, you will have to come along. www.facebook.com/maggieandtiggymusic.

Friday 27 October 2017 - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Richard celebrates fifty years of performing by embarking on a special tour of the UK. Thirty one albums, fourteen books, an audio book with Bill Bryson, three million YouTube hits, a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and a BAFTA Nomination have all happened along the way. Plus support by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys, embarking on their first tour, just like Richard did all those years ago. www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - Noble Jacks - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A rip-roaring Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky footstompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Noble Jacks have a relentless gigging schedule around the the British folk scene and recorded their debut album with Union Music Store at The Metway studio in Brighton. 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band. www.noblejacks.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/413415. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Janet Dowling and friends bring you The Return of Fearsome Fairy Tales for Fearless Adults- the Fairies Fight Back! These are the dark tales of the fairy world, where everything is not as it seems… are you brave enough to listen? Be beguiled and bewitched by a shiver of Devon storytellers telling new tales of old fears. Be warned- these tales are not suitable for Adults of a nervous disposition. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - Kevara Klezmer Ceilidh - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Come and dance to more East Euro musical offerings from Kevara. £8.50/7 concs. BYO refreshments.

Saturday 28 October 2017 7.30pm - Chris While & Julie Matthews - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories. Their songs have been covered by a range of artists including Mary Black, Barbara Dickson, Christine Collister and Fairport Convention. Both multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion while Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/416078. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 28 October 2017 7.30pm - ‘Tangled Up in Dylan’ - Crediton Arts Centre, East St, Crediton EX17 3AX
Steve Page, from the band Open Secrets, delivers a virtuoso one man performance of songs spanning the career from possibly the world’s most influential songwriter, Bob Dylan. www.creditonartscentre.org.

Saturday 28 October 2017 8pm - Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Caller Jeremy Child. All are welcome to this public ceilidh for family fun, no experience needed! Free parking available opposite at the Triangle Car Park. £6 entry, £4 students, £4 members (membership £7 from October, at least 5 dances in the series); contact exeterfolkdance@gmail.com for more info.

Sunday 29 October 2017 7.45pm - Tom Lewis - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Tom is a 24-year veteran of Her Majesty's Royal Naval diesel submarines; although now he's comfortably located on dry land. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on board H.M. ships, through the loneliness and lure of the sea, to traditional shanties and classic nautical poetry, set to his own, and others' melodies. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 29 October 2016 8pm - Free feature spot: Ewan McLennan - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Ewan McLennan is a guitarist at the forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.  Info at www.topshamfolkclub.org.
Next Club Guest night: Sunday 26 November 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner
Coming in 2018: Martin & Eliza Carthy 25/2; Peter Knight & John Spiers 25/3; Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston 29/4; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage 3/6.

31 October-3 November, 7-11 November 2017 7.30pm - Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire which destroyed the hotel. Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel. Box Office: 01392 277819/665885 or www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

Thursday 2 November 2017 8pm - Urban Folk Quartet - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are Urban Folk Quartet. The award-winning UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009.
UFQ's distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. www.theufq.com. www.unit23live.co.uk.

Thursday 2 November 2017 8pm - Wild Ponies - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
For their latest album Wild Ponies' Doug and Telisha Williams travelled back to their roots in rural Virginia to be inspired by that rugged landscape and its' powerful musical heritage.With the help of local musicians including Kilby Spencer-brother of The Whitetop Mountain Band's Martha-the result is Galax a stripped-back album that nods to the band's history whilst still pushing forward. www.wildponies.net. £12 adv, £15 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 3 November 2017 7.30pm - FolkLaw - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Exhilarating songs and music that guarantees to get your feet tapping, your face smiling and your festival-feet jumping! Acrobatic fiddling and earthy vocals are interwoven with distinctive vocal harmonies, mandola and guitars, as FolkLaw deliver a subtle reflective social commentary within a patchwork of inspirational songs and melodies. FolkLaw are well known for their crowd-surfing fiddle antics, engaging on-stage banter, and an energized stage performance is guaranteed. In the words of Banbury Folk Festival "One of the most exciting acts to grace the stage"! www.folklaw.co.uk. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/416078. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Friday 3 November 2017 9pm - Alex Hart & Her Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Alex Hart is a young country/folk singer from Devon. Since releasing her first studio album ‘On This Day’ she has embarked on European and UK tours both supporting and playing in the band of Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and held her own on a UK tour and Festivals through the South West. Alex is now working with Grammy award winner Terry Britten (famous for Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’) on new material for release in 2017, with a new band lineup that brings vocal harmony more to the foreground! www.alexhart.com.  Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 3 November 2017 8pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Ukes have become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. 'Heresy II Heritage', their new tour, charts the Uke's rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. The Ukes of GB have performed for the British Royal Family, the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air. On an ongoing "hand-luggage only" world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers' own all-original compositions. “Iconoclastic. Unabashed genre crashing antics. Nothing is spoof proof." Sunday Times. “Most people have to die before they become immortal. These ukulele superstars have no such worries.” New Musical Express. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/ukulele-orchastra-of-great-britain-heresy-ii-heritage.

Saturday 4 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Also featuring Dartmoor Folk Choir ‘The Lost Sound’. www.showofhands.co.uk.

Saturday 4 November 2017 8pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their latest album, festival favourites 3DM perform a brand new set of the quirky, original and upbeat fiddle driven tunes. Now with a 4 piece line-up, the band are taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights. With Celtic and eastern influences, their style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions and leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. www.3daftmonkeys.co.uk. Tickets from 01626 852553, £11 adult, £7 child. Seated, but with room to get up and dance.

Tuesday 7 November 2017 8pm - Lady Maisery - Tavistock Wharf (map)
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery’s distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision. £10 adv, £12 after 6pm on night. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Thursday 9 November 2017 8pm - Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
We are delighted to welcome back to the Mill, this exciting Italian duo Veronica and Max, winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013. Using ukulele, washboard, kazoo, guitars and mandolin, they sing and play with passion and humour, keeping a precious musical heritage alive by faithfully reproducing its original sound, but with a modern twist. Expect songs from Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter, the Delmore Brothers and more. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 10 November 2017 8pm - Cardboard Fox - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting four piece with a fast growing fan base. This May the band are following up on the success of their EP by releasing their first full album, ‘Out of Mind’. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. With a focus on original songs with a strong pop sensibility and energetic live shows, this is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that’s what makes this acoustic quartet so special. Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

Friday 10 November 2017 - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/407581. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 8pm - Jim Causley - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Locally-based singer Jim is known for his mature velvet voice and fine interpretations of traditional songs and in recent years has developed into a fine songwriter. Accompanied by sympathetic accordion and with a healthy dose of cheeky wit, Jim is one of the most engaging performers on the folk scene.
A six-time BBC Folk Award nominee, he has also recorded and toured with Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll and has been involved in many other collaborations and song projects, including ones of Charles Causley poems. Jim's latest albums include Forgotten Kingdom and I am The Song, the latter a selection of Charles Causley Children's poems. www.jimcausley.co.uk. Support: Alison Bloomer & Paul Holden. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 9pm - Ash Height - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Virtuoso guitarist and innovative songwriter Ashley Height is not only the driving force behind the Cornwall based band Red Foot Crow but also a world class solo performer. Think John Martyn meets King Sunny Ade with West-African and contemporary Jazz elements effortlessly incorporated within both his acoustic guitar and lap-steel guitar driven compositions. His music has gained much recognition and he has featured on major releases alongside artists such as Bonobo and The XX, as well as playing live alongside such greats as Wizz Jones, Palinka, Martha Tilston, Jez Hellard and many more. Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: Jackie, Ian and Sarah from Pigs Might Fly. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 7.30pm - Mervyn Stutter - Nicholls Hall, Lydford
An evening of fun, laughter and song. www.mervynstutterK.com. Tickets £9 from 01822 820589 or on door. BYO drink and nibbles.

NEW Saturday 11 November 2017 9pm - Jack Cookson & Calvin Thomas - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Jack Cookson is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from the South West. He has shared the stage with the likes of Franz Nicolay, Cory Branan and Austin Lucas, and in early 2016 he was announced as one of the final four nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Calvin Thomas has been described as honest and poetic, with a voice that has been noted as one that transcends generations. Calvin’s influences range throughout many genres including Folk, Blues and Punk but maintains a universal audience from all backgrounds. Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 11 November 2017 8pm - The Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
A tribute to Simon and Garfunkel and the wonderful music of Paul Simon, through the years as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, to the enduring success of his solo career. Come on a journey and lose yourself to nostalgia as the full band play the classics. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians. This is the UK’s longest running tribute to Paul Simon. Come and see why! www.soundsofsimon.co.uk. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

Saturday 11 November 2017 - d'Accord Day Of Dance with Kantref - Newton St Cyres Village Hall
From 2pm with bring food to share for 6pm. Evening dance at 7.30pm. Support band Poisson Rouge. £18 door (all inclusive), £16 early bird (all inclusive) from September, £12 evening Bal only (from 7.30pm), £8 workshop only.

Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau:
3) Through Different Eyes: 12 November: exploring character in story, for beginners and improvers
4) Spirits of Place and Time: 10 December: exploring environment and historical time, and honouring story sources, for beginners and improvers
For full details see www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

Sunday 12 November 2017 7.45pm - James Keelaghan - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
James Keelaghan is a Canadian folk singer-songwriter. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Keelaghan is now based in Perth, Ontario. Many of the lyrics in his songs display a concern about social problems and justice in society. His masterful story telling has, over the course of eleven recordings, have been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards - including a Juno. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 12 November 2017 3pm - Crows - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
The popular 80s folk band favourite “Crows” have returned with a new line-up. Local folk performer Paul Downes now joins Mick Ryan, James Patterson and Dave Bordewey. Lympstone Entertainments are pleased to have managed to book the band following a busy summer which has seen them performing to great acclaim at folk venues and festivals across the country. Tickets £12.50 go on sale at the end of September and can be obtained from Demelza on 01395 272243, or by email boxoffice@lympstone-entertainments.net.

Sunday 12 November 2017 7.30pm - Said The Maiden - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton. Their second studio album is a showcase of the trio’s ever-developing yet distinctive and unique sound, featuring their trademark soaring acapella harmonies and fresh new arrangements of traditional songs. However this new release also displays a more diverse collection of material from the trio including a few covers of more modern folk songs, as well as original compositions inspired by their love of the folk tradition. Expect intricate three-part harmonies both acapella and interweaved with beautiful simplistic instrumentation. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/416081. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 12 November 2017 7.30pm - Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. A haunting and immaculately crafted concert which begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake. Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch. Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style. Nick Drake recorded three cherished albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. At the beginning of the project in 2001 Keith James was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent. £14 adv, £16 after 6pm on night. www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Monday 13 November 2017 7.30pm - Eduardo Niebla with Daniel Martinez Lopez  - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
If you don't know the stunning guitar playing of Eduardo Niebla, you're in for a treat. If you are already among his admirers around the world, you know you have something quite extraordinary in store. The virtuoso Spanish guitarist makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers; brilliant flamenco jazz fusion full of passion and verve. Eduardo's impressive list of collaborations includes Nishat Khan (sitar), Lol Coxhill (sax), the Dante String Quartet, and George Michael, as well and concert tours around the globe. He takes to the stage brilliantly accompanied by guitarist Daniel Martinez Lopez: an amazing opportunity to hear world class guitar playing at its very best. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/415684. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Wednesday 15 November 2017 8.30pm - Tamar - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
West Country Nu-Folk duo writing new songs about traditional life and English heritage. Their style is akin to the likes of Seth Lakeman, Show Of Hands, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin and Union Station. They specialise in Fiddle, Slide Guitar and 12 String Acoustic Guitar providing a foot-stomping Celtic/Anglo cross over style of music. The boys have played alongside Mad Dog McRea several times and are an emerging part of the Folk Music scene across the South of England. Admission £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - ‘Missin’ Tackle’ Shanty Crew & Friends - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
Come and join the fabulous Brixham Shanty crew for an enjoyable concert in the library. The lads will be singing from their growing repertoire of songs and will be joined by guest performers Susie & Bill Trezise along with Steve Gill and his friend Charlie. Ticket includes free drink, £8 FOBL members, £10 non-members, available from Brixham Library tel: 01803 853870.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 8pm - Wren Music: Blackberries & Bandages - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Songs that tell the story of Devon’s Home Front in WW1 Featuring singers and players from Wren Music’s Voices in Common Choirs & Rough Music. Tickets £10.
 Box Office: 01392 277819/665885. www.wegottickets.com/event/412443.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - Soroptimist International Plymouth Barn Dance - Derriford Hospital Leisure Centre
Caller Martin Dowling. Tickets £10 to include ploughmans supper (adv booking appreciated for catering purposes). Contact Margaret Luscombe 01752 774401 or 07523 131129.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
details tba/tbc French & Breton dance and music. Guest: Jon Mills & Kate Price / Fraich 'Airs.

NEW Saturday 18 November 2017 - Jim Moray - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
For fifteen years Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of Folk and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. His latest album Upcetera heralds a new chapter, receiving the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. www.jimmoray.co.uk/upcetera. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 18 November 2017 7.30pm - Flanders & Swann Recaptured - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Join us for a very special evening of fabulous nostalgia and hilarity. The mood and events of the 1950s and 60s are revisited with the songs of Flanders & Swann. Two Blokes and a Piano, acknowledged as leading exponents of Flanders & Swann, bring you such favourites as The Hippopotamus Song, The London Omnibus, The Gnu and many others. With additional songs by Stilgoe and Skellern plus Kit and the Widow. £10 includes a glass of fizz. This event is a fundraiser for Honiton Dementia Action Alliance. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Oysterband 40th Celebration Special - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career. Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever. Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago. But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era. Oysterband are: John Jones voice, melodeon; Alan Prosser  guitars, voice; Ian Telfer violin, voice; Al Scott bass, mandolin, voice; Adrian Oxaal cello, voice; and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood  drums, voice. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/oysterband-40th-celebration-special.

NEW Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Jim Moray - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
For 15 years Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. His sixth album Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/416964. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Monday 20 November 2017 7.30pm - Winter Mountain - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Hailing from the wild and beautiful northern shores of Cornwall, UK Winter Mountain blends powerful melodies, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording, when the emphasis fell on the importance of the live performance and the essence of the song. Recently, Winter Mountain have toured as support with Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and many more. The spring '17 full band headline tour was received incredibly well all over the UK with MusicRiot.com calling Winter Mountains London show 'a night of exceptional music from a blistering, shimmering 4 piece comprised of exemplary musicians who recreate and re-energise the soulful, folk-rock songs from the extraordinary albums that have won Winter Mountain so much acclaim'. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/415628. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Monday 20 November 2017 - Skerryvore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing: Multi-award winning Scottish folk rockers. As the band have developed, rock, pop, jazz, cajun and country influences on their sound have all emerged, but the traditional Celtic roots and instrumentation have remained. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

***** Part Two - Other stuff *****

Featured venue: Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
In addition to the bi-monthly 'Beehive Folk Café (alternate 2nd Weds, next: 8 November - a friendly, mostly acoustic session of folk, blues and roots hosted by singer Sue King) and 'Beehive Acoustic Café (alternate 2nd Weds, next: 13 December - hosted by Terry Stacey, where everyone is welcome to come along and perform or listen to some very talented local musicians at The Beehive bar, free of charge, the Beehive promotes a range of arts events, currently including (full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk, tel: 01404 384050):
Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - Tankus The Henge
Saturday 18 November 2017 7.30pm - Flanders & Swann Recaptured
Friday 24 November 2017 8pm - Mawkin
Friday 8 December 2017 8pm - Police Dog Hogan
Sunday 10 December 2017 7.30pm - The Albion Christmas Band
Thursday 21 December 2017 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea
and coming next year...
Friday 15 June 2018 7.30pm - 6 Hands: John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan, Guitars

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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8/10/17

Harberton Folk Circular - Sunday 8 October 2017

Sorry it's been a fortnight since the last circular and apologies if your event has not appeared here as a result - things have been a bit hectic, not least because of our fantastic Show of Hands cathedrals tour preview concert in Harberton last Saturday and I'm going to break my 'no graphics' rule just this once to give a flavour of the event (many thanks to Andrew Lester for this photo). For more photos of the Harberton tour preview concert on 30/9 see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/170930sohpics.htm.

Unreserved seats appear to still be available for
Saturday 4 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
with special guest Kirsty Merryn. Also featuring Dartmoor Folk Choir ‘The Lost Sound’. Unreserved seats appear to still be available. The tour finishes with two nights at Exmouth Pavilion on 30/11 and 1/12. www.showofhands.co.uk.

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Christmas events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - Christmas events *****

NEW Thursday 7 December 2017 - St Agnes Fountain - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
‘The Christmas Concert’. The band that gives Christmas songs a respectful kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member, David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While & Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 16 years. Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. www.whileandmatthews.co.uk/aggie.php. £18 adv, £25 door (if available). www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 10 December 2017 7.30pm - The Albion Christmas Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Specially formed for the festive period and featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention), this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain: an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. 'The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas' (The Guardian). £19. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 16 December 2017 6.30pm - FOS Brothers - Drewe Arms, The Square, Drewsteignton EX6 6QN
Dave and Sam McCrory from East Belfast, together they create a unique soundscape of acoustic music heavily influenced by their Irish roots. They have been performing for over 25 years www.fosbrothers.com. Support: Adam Sweet www.adamsweetmusic.com. The night includes a 3-course Christmas dinner (veggie option). Tickets £25 limited to 60 people (10% discount for table of 10) so book now if interested. Pay with credit/debit card by ringing the pub. www.thedrewearmsinn.co.uk.

NEW Belshazzar's Feast - On tour with a Christmas-themed show...
...that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding.
Sunday 17 December 2017 7.45pm - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Session News
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
New addition:
Lympstone (nr. Exmouth): The Saddlers Arms, Exmouth Rd. EX8 5LS (Pub: 01395 265369; Ashley: 07799722607, bbmmusic@btinternet.com)
Second Thursday of every month, 8.30pm. Open mic. “We have two hosts – every player will be well looked after and good sound mixing provided.”
Change of Day (Temporary)
Topsham (nr. Exeter): The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill EX3 0QQ (01392 873862)
Blues at The Bridge: Normally on the second Monday of the month, 8pm for 8:30pm. “Open mic and Blues Jam Session - acoustic only. NO Bands, but solo artists and duos are VERY welcome.” The October session will be on the third Monday (16 October), as pub has booked other events on the second Monday.

The Whitehouse Sessions: Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
The Whitehouse Sessions are intimate musical evenings with some of the best singer-songwriters around.
NB
Change of venue: These gigs were originally scheduled to take place at Unit 23 Live in Totnes.
NEW Sunday 7 October 2017 8.30pm - Jess Morgan & Dan Whitehouse
Jess Morgan and Dan Whitehouse are two of the UK’s most talked about emerging songwriters, touring together featuring sets from both artists as well as collaboration. Theirs is a striking musical partnership that started when the pair wrote and recorded songs for Dan’s Reveal Records debut‘ That’s Where I Belong (2016). In the same year Jess released her gorgeous new album‘ Edison Gloriette’ to widespread acclaim. These shows are a chance to hear fresh new songs along with favourites from both artists’ catalogues and promises to be something really special. More info www.fromthewhitehouse.com. Doors 8pm. Tickets £10 from 07832 200980, katie@fromthewhitehouse.com or online www.wegottickets.com/event/417075.
NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 8pm - Boo Hewerdine
We are very excited to welcome a big favourite: Boo Hewerdine, acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter returns to Totnes with new album “Swimming in Mercury” As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group “The Bible” and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer. Early booking recommended. Support tbc. More info www.fromthewhitehouse.com. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from 07832 200980, katie@fromthewhitehouse.com or online www.wegottickets.com/event/417077.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for October
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Reminders: Autumn at Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on a wide range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, top tribute bands, dance, and much more. See www.exetercornexchange.co.uk for full details. The current programme includes:
Friday 3 November 2017 8pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Oysterband 40th Celebration Special
Wednesday 22 November 2017 8pm - Steeleye Span

Reminders: Coming up at Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exeter Phoenix arts centre stages an enormous range of musical events. See www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music for full details. The current programme includes:
Sunday 22 October 2017 - Heidi Talbot
Monday 20 November 2017 - Skerryvore
Thursday 23 November 2017 - Afro Celt Sound Sytem + The Dhol Foundation
Sunday 26 November 2017 - William The Conqueror
Wednesday 29 November 2017 - Lau
Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Belshazzar's Feast

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General items retained from previous circulars

Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS) Programme 2017-18
The three concerts listed below are part of a series of six, where the other three are all Baroque music: anyone who is interested in that too might want to take advantage of our subscription rate, which saves at least one third of ticket prices - effectively six concerts for the price of four. There are details on TEMS membership and the full programme on www.totnesearlymusic.org.
NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Blondel - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
A History of Dance in Music. Enjoy the foot-tapping rhythms and the rich sound world of shawms, recorders, percussion, curtals and bagpipes in this fascinating journey of ‘Strictly – Medieval to Renaissance’. Top wind band Blondel lead us through music from Gace Brulé (c.1205) via Margaret of Austria’s dance book (c.1510), and on from Henry Vlll and William Byrd to Playford’s Dancing Master (1651) with many anonymous masters along the way. The four members of Blondel have played with many major early music ensembles including Joglaresa, The York Waits and The City Musick. This is the first in a new season of six concerts presented by Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS).  Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.
NEW Friday 1 December 2017 7.30pm - Rosafresca - United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP
Music from the Time of Ferdinand and Isabella. Travel back to Spain in c1520 as Rosafresca perform songs and dances from the Palace Song book, the magnificent collection of over 400 songs known as El Cancionero de Palacio complied for Queen Isabella of Spain. From the political, religious and pastoral to the amorous and downright bawdy, most are known as villancicos and would have been performed originally by peasants in village festivities. Singer Hayley Guest joins the three members of Rosafresca who play an array of period instruments, including vihuela, recorders, percussion and cello. The third of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £12, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.
NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 7.30pm - Passamezzo - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Music from the Restoration. An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner a lecture by top historian Ian Mortimer on 8th March (see www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk for more information). Accounts of the period come from Pepys, Evelyn and anonymous ballads describing momentous events, including the Great Fire of 1666 and Frost Fair in 1683. With theatre songs, tavern rounds, dance music and solos for the viol and cittern, and music by Wilson, Lawes, Locke and Purcell. Passamezzo gave us a hugely enjoyable concert in 2012, and TEMS is delighted to welcome them back. The fifth of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for August
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

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Ashburton Arts bids successfully to buy Ashburton Methodist Church
"Is it possible that you've missed what's been happening around the Ashburton Methodist Church. Along with a bunch of other people, I've been working for the last year (or more!) to set up 'Ashburton Arts'. On Wednesday I was stealing myself for all this work to be dashed, when someone with deep pockets would come along and outbid us. That would be that. When a bronzed guy, who'd apparently been seen driving his Ferrari around town arrived at the auction, it wasn't looking good. At our bid of £150,000 against somebody else entirely, the auctioneer said, “Going once, going twice…” then Mr Ferrari, sitting at the back, stuck up his hand and put in a bid of £151,000. We continued, with Francis Parffrey doing the bidding on our behalf right beside me. It crept up £1000 at a time. We put in a bid of £170,000 – knowing that we were getting very close to our limit. Silence. “Going once, going twice…sold to the bidder at the front” announced the auctioneer looking straight at Francis. There was a hush for a second. Then the church erupted with cheers! WE GOT IT. So, there is to be a new Community Arts Centre for Ashburton. Enormous thanks to everyone who has supported in any way. We're certainly still accepting donations, and will be for some time. See www.ashburtonarts.org.uk for donations and loans, or drop cash or cheques in at Ashburton Post Office for Ashburton Arts. Exciting times ahead! Best wishes, Andy Williamson."

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The following interesting item appeared in Steve Cunio's Somerset & Dorset Folk Events Diary email today - Have any Harberton Folk recipients experienced this issue yet?
"Do you use Gmail?
I've had a couple of emails from people asking why SaDFolk had started to send them Google Calendar invitations to events they had no interest in. I haven't changed anything here, but following a bit of searching round the Net, I found that Google had made this 'improvement' to their service.
If you have a Gmail account and a Google Calendar account and any email you receive contains something which Google interprets as an event you might want to go to, it automatically adds the invitation to your calendar and sends you an email about it.
To turn this off, you need log into your Google Calendar then click on the gear wheel icon in the top right, select ‘settings’ then look for ‘Events in Gmail’. Under that there should be a ‘Add automatically’ setting. Deselect that and the problem should go away."
Please let me know (by reply to this email) if you as a Harberton Folk recipient have experienced this issue. Thanks. JC

Anton Horwich's Macmillan Fundraising
Anton (from Folk on the Moor) completed the 23.5 mile Macmillan Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike and the sell-out Milton Combe Concert on 30 June raised just under £500 and my total now stands at £1771. A massive "thank you" to all who came to the concert (with apologies to those who missed out) and to everyone who has donated so generously. If you would like to contribute to this great charity, you can still do so at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anton-Horwich.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for July
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Dartmoor Folk choir Lost Sound Chorus is looking to expand
Dartmoor Folk choir, The Lost Sound is expanding, after a remarkable year of gigs. TLS are looking for male singers, with choral/harmony singing experience, particularly basses. The choir offers vocal and performance training www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk. Contact Sandra email: sandra@singingandbreathing.co.uk.

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Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the 2017/2018 dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
23 Sept, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 6 Jan, 3 Feb
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings. September is not the usual first Saturday due to other commitments, and nothing in October.

Frequency of these e-circulars
A quick reminder that while I attempt to send an e-circular on a weekly basis, things don't quite always work out that way - work, good gardening weather etc. etc. get in the way sometimes. But I don't think more than a fortnight has ever elapsed between missives. So if you ever think you might be missing one (they do occasionally disappear into the ether - or a spam/junk folder), you can always check www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where the full open-ended Diary listings are always available, along with relevant parts of recent e-circulars.
And remember to use the 'Update subscription preferences' link at the foot of every email to change your email address if need be.

Final reminder: Important note re EE email addresses:
I understand that all email addresses @ any of the following:
Orange.net, Orangehome.co.uk, Wanadoo.co.uk, Freeserve.co.uk, Fsbusiness.co.uk, Fslife.co.uk, Fsmail.net, Fsworld.co.uk, Fsnet.co.uk
will cease to exist after the end of May 2017 and that users of these are generally being advised to use Gmail instead.
1) Do please update your email address using the 'update subscription preferences' link below to ensure that you continue to receive these e-circulars after the end of May. It would be great if you could also reply to this email to let me know you've made the change because MailChimp won't tell me.
2) If you change to Gmail, please note that Harberton Folk e-circulars may well arrive in the 'Promotions' inbox folder rather than the 'Primary' folder (if you see these separately). This is because MailChimp is a commercial email marketing tool (although fortunately free to use for relatively low-volume use such as Harberton Folk).

Last week's circular
The return copy of last week's circular I send to myself for checking purposes unusually finished up in my Plusnet spam/junk folder. I have no idea why. This seems to happen very occasionally. Remember, if you fail to receive a circular within a fortnight at most for whatever reason, the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Nothing to do with the folk context of Cuckoos, but...
...'Devon Birds' are very keen to hear of anyone hearing or even better seeing a cuckoo. Report your own or see where cuckoos have been heard or seen at www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/cuckoos.

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NEW Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
A rare opportunity to see and hear the Big Band version of Peter Knight's Gigspanner including Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Tickets £17. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk. A special show prior to the Big Band's appearance at Fairport's Cropredy Festival.
Personal note: Gigspanner have a sensational new percussionist, Sacha Trochet, who has helped lift Gigspanner to a new level of excellence. Jan and I saw the Trio's show in Dartmouth recently and cannot recommend this Ashburton gig highly enough. It is guaranteed to be stunning. JC

Does your morris side need any new sticks?
Right, you've done May Day and the season's started, but you forgot how bad some of the sticks in the bag were. I have some well-seasoned, stripped hazel morris sticks available now, coppiced from our own small wood at Harberton over 12 months ago. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, near Totnes. Reply to this email for further information, price etc.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) for May happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Ashburton Arts - A new charity, and an appeal
"In November, we applied successfully to Teignbridge District Council to have Ashburton Methodist Church building declared a public asset. This led to an embargo on the public sale of this building, which ends on 1 June 2017.
We have pledges of over £50,000 so far — an amazing feat, with generous offers of loans and gifts from individuals and organisations, most recently £5,000 from E & JW Glendinning. We are still working on other avenues but have to prepare for the possibility that it may go to auction again and we should therefore have £150,000 available to buy the building and then to start things happening there.
Since the temporary reprieve was granted, ‘Ashburton Arts’ has applied for charitable status and will soon become an ‘Charitable Incorporated Organisation’ which anyone can join as a member. We have commissioned truly outstanding plans to develop the site and create a lively hub at the heart of Ashburton, offering space for people to come together to work during the day and affordable performances and classes for people across Dartmoor throughout the year. See www.ashburtonarts.org.uk for more.
We will be eligible for grants to renovate the building, but right now we think we need to raise another £100,000 in donations and long-term loans. Can you help? Do you know someone who could? Time is of the essence and your help will be massively appreciated.
We now have eight local trustees who have been working hard to put in place all the legal and bureaucratic necessities required to enable the community to own a building like this and run it for the public good. We are confident we can make it a viable enterprise that will sustain itself for years to come. We are sure that it will remain a well-loved part of the fabric of our town and the surrounding area and that it will provide inspiration and enjoyment for many people, providing opportunities that don’t currently exist.
Our challenge now is to raise the remaining capital. Your help will make a difference, whatever you can offer, as a donation or a loan, from £10 to £10,000. Over 200 people have already signed up as supporters: join them now at www.tinyletter.com/ashburtonarts and you’ll get emails from us directly.
Andy Williamson, trustee and project manager. andy@ashburtonarts.org.uk."

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Important - Please Read
Somewhat disturbingly, I saw that the copy of this e-circular (and the test version I send beforehand) that I send back to my own main email address both finished up in my Junk folder for the first time last week. (The same has been happening for several weeks to the Somerset & Dorset folk events e-circulars that I receive from Steve Cunio www.sadfolk.co.uk).
I can only assume this problem is caused by a change in my ISP's spam filtering system which has perhaps taken a dislike to material sent using MailChimp, which is essentially a commercial email marketing tool, although free (and normally very convenient) for relatively small-scale users.
I fear I can do nothing to easily remedy the problem, so if you think you should be receiving my e-circulars and haven't had one within a fortnight at the most, please check your junk/spam folder.
On fortunately only very isolated occasions the return copy of my e-circular has disappeared into the ether entirely as far as my ISP is concerned, while the copies sent my Gmail and Hotmail addresses have got through normally (albeit perhaps arriving in the 'Promotions' folder in Gmail rather than 'Primary' / Junk folder in Hotmail).
If all else fails, the full open-ended listings (and recent e-circulars) can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Session News:
Torquay: Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road TQ1 4QA
, 01803 328290
Alternate Wednesdays. Appalachian session.
South Brent, Pack Horse Inn, Plymouth Road TQ10 9BH, 01364 72283
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month (may previously have been listed as alternate Tuesdays). Mixed folk session, mainly song, but instruments welcome. Contact Eileen eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Otterton Mill Music 2017 - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The spring season of music upstairs in the restaurant at Otterton Mill will be up and running again soon. This is a small intimate venue and often sells out quickly. Summer outdoor concerts in the courtyard have about double the capacity. Then back indoors again for the autumn concerts. Music nights also feature menus of seasonal food (ticket prices cover music only). Doors 6pm, food served until 7.30pm, music starts 8pm. There's music for many tastes and I'll list all the events at least briefly. www.ottertonmill.com.
Spring: 16/3 Rag Mama Rag; 23/3 Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz; 6/4 Sam Lewis; 27/4 Corrine West; 11/5 Tia McGraff; 18/5 Chris Cleverly; 15/6 Worry Dolls; (Weds) 28/6 Boo Hewerdine
Summer: 13/7 Hucklebuck; 27/7 FB Pocket Orchestra; 3/8 Daniel Smith Blues Band; 17/8 Ragged Union; 31/8 Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Autumn: 14/9 Edwina Hayes; 28/9 Hollie Rogers; 12/10 Carrivick Sisters; 9/11 Vergonica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi

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Villages in Action Announcement
"Those promoters who were at The May 2016 Menu Launch will be aware that Villages in Action has been coping with an 80% reduction in its funding in the last five years.
Catherine Devenish, The Chair of the Board of Trustees, has regretfully announced that the scheme will be taking a pause in its activities after the end of the current spring season. The Board hopes to provide more information about the legacy of Villages in Action this summer. Please go to the Promoters area to find out more regarding the background to this decision and what the implications are. As our Unearth project is separately funded, we hope that it will be unaffected.
We want to express our gratitude to the promoters, audiences and artists who have made our events so special and memorable over the last 24 years."
[Further information can be found on the VIA website www.villagesinaction.co.uk.]

Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Featured pub venue: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Plenty of folk music happens at the Bay Horse:
2nd & 4th Wednesday – Unaccompanied folk singing, preferably not from paper. www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716; 1st & 3rd Monday - Sessions for musicians and singers; 4th Monday - Irish Session.
Also jazz, open mic, quizzes, and excellent beer etc. Tel. 01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com, www.facebook.com/groups/23742476306.

Folk in the South Hams
Free concerts take place regularly (2nd Thursday) during the winter at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge.
Various regular folk sessions of different types (general, tunes/songs, mainly trad tunes) take place in Churchstow, Frogmore and Kingsbridge).
After a change of management at the Church House Inn Churchstow, the regular 1st Thursday session there (run by John Connor) resumes on 2 February (from 8pm).
A full diary listing all the above occurrences can be found at www.shamstrad.co.uk.
John Connor is also the promoter of a concert at Kingston Reading Room on Saturday 18 February by key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

New Festival not too far away - First Bridport Folk Festival - 11-13 August 2017
The very first Bridport Folk Festival planned for August. Comprising a combination of music and dance with three open air stages plus three indoor venues. Event will include ceilidhs and workshops . With the wonderfully talented and charismatic Reg Meuross, Ninebarrow, The Polly Morris Band and Tinderbox to name a few as part of an exciting line up in excess of 40 acts, this first festival is going to be a cracker. Applications from dance sides are still being accepted as are traders. Contact for dance is Ian Cox: lauriancox@yahoo.co.uk. For Trade stalls Tim; www.bhreventsolutions.co.uk/bridport-folk-festival.

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Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.

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Session news - Church House Inn, Churchstow (from John O'Connor)
No session at the Church House Inn, Churchstow in January, owing to a change of management due to take place on January 4. Watch this space for future developments once negotiations have taken place with the new managers early in the new year. 01548 810806 for details.
John also says "Note the date: Saturday 18 February 2017, Kingston Reading Room - key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Support from Silvington, South Devon's fast emerging duo. 7.30pm Doors 7pm £10 advance from 01548 810806, £12 door.

Session News - Jurassic Folk and Jam! - Eyre Court Hotel Conservatory, 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY
Jurassic Folk nights (every 1st & 3rd Wednesday except August) attract excellent crowds and a full variety of performers. Singers & musicians welcome for an evening of live acoustic performance, listening and joining in and the odd drink or three. Come along bring your voice or an instrument or both, and entertain or be entertained and help us keep music live. Doors 7.30pm, start prompt 8pm, one interval, 10.30pm. Free admission No slots are booked. All abilities of musician will receive a warm welcome. All music acoustic so no gaps between slots. Full details www.jurassicfolkandjam.com.

Session News - Kings Arms, South Zeal nr. Okehampton EX20 2JP
Third Monday of the month, 8pm. Music session. (Pub 01837 840300; Mark Bazeley: 01837 840775).

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Session News - Cider Bar, Newton Abbot
One I wasn't aware of previously, but which is already included in the extremely comprehensive session listings on www.flaxey-green.co.uk, and actually came to my attention through
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com):
Regular second Wednesday 8pm, mixed traditional music session. The main genres played are English folk, old time and bluegrass. A very relaxed session in a great venue: Cider Bar, 99 East Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2LD. Tel 01626 354221.

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This is another important 'Admin' message. Monday 20 June 2016

As I have sufficient spare capacity left on my free monthly send allowance with MailChimp, I wanted to give you a quick update:
I'm still concerned that my Harberton Folk e-circulars may be increasingly falling foul of some spam filtering systems and that some intended recipients are consequently not receiving them at all, or they are going into Spam/Junk folders rather than normal In Boxes.

Statistics provided by MailChimp indicate that this may have happened to some extent again with last week's circular, sent on 14/6/16. (A copy of this can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.) My recent Admin message on 8/6/16 did not seem to suffer the same fate.

I wanted to let you know that this week's main circular will be sent sometime on Wednesday 22nd June, so if you normally receive the circulars and haven't received this week's by first thing Thursday morning, you will be able to find a copy on the website. I'd also be grateful if could let me know at the reply email address at the foot of this message.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
concerning
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for June
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session news
Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064)
Open mic: First Friday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]

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Session/Club News
Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Regular 3rd Friday club. Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)
Launceston - Racehorse Inn, North Hill www.racehorseinn.co.uk
Live music last Monday every month. 01566 786916

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Folk Dance Club News
Well, it's not news really, but there are many such clubs across our area, for example the Exeter Folk Dance Club which meets usually Last Friday in the month  7.30-9.30pm (not July/August) at the Palace Gate Centre, South Street Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter EX1 1JA.  An open and welcoming Club affiliated to EFDSS. For more information email exeterfolkdance@gmail.com. All welcome.
See www.flaxey-green.co.uk for details of all folk dance clubs across our area.

Morris Sticks
I can supply limited quantities of stripped hazel morris sticks from our own small wood at Harberton, cut and prepared to order during the winter. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, or Hermes courier delivery. Email me at the address below for further information, price, estimated delivery charge (Hermes charge £7.69 for a 5-10kg package and £9.98 for a 10-15kg package). JC

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
www.dreamersfolk.co.uk/folknews%20kernow.html.
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
www.bodminfolk.co.uk.
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)

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Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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Welcome to the Harberton Folk Email Circulation

Many thanks for joining our free and confidential service which currently has over 1500 subscribers.
Please email me, John Culf, at johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk to tell me how you found out about the website / email circulation as I'm really interested to know how the word spreads. Thank you.

If your are a Gmail user, please note that Gmail may put the circulars in the 'Promotions' folder rather than 'Primary' or 'Social' if your Gmail is set up to show all three Inbox folders.
Please also note that Gmail may 'clip' (i.e. truncate) long emails, such as my circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.

A new e-circular is usually sent every 7-14 days which will contain a selection of reminders and newly notified events, all extracted from the open-ended Folk Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (the 'website') listing all known folk concerts etc. for the area, along with details of folk clubs, ceilidhs and much more. Recent circulars and a developing draft of the next circular can also be found on the website.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

The circulation covers events happening over an area extending about 30 miles from Totnes as the crow flies in all landward directions, roughly the southern half of Devon in other words. The information is gleaned from various sources including certain venues' own emailing lists, my own website trawls and - last but importantly not least - input from you. If you know of an event that's not in the website Diary, do let me know, and the more notice you can give the better.

Here's a collection of links that may be of interest; many more can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (please tell me if you find any broken links anywhere):

Folk clubs
Brixham Folk Club - www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/brixham-folk-club
Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, near Ivybridge -
www.moorfolk.co.uk

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam - www.jurassicfolkandjam.com
Teignmouth Folk Club - www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Devon%20Folk/Song/Teingmouth_Folk_Club.html
Topsham Folk Club, near Exeter - www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk
East Devon Folk: www.eastdevonfolk.org - Information about various folk clubs, sessions and more in East Devon and beyond

Venues/organisations offering folk concerts (some more occasional than others)
Calstock - Calstock Arts -
www.calstockarts.org
Exeter - Barnfield Theatre www.barnfieldtheatre.co.uk
Exeter - Phoenix Arts Centre -
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Otterton Mill, near Budleigh Salterton - www.ottertonmill.com/musiclistings.asp
Newton Abbot - Kingskerswell parish church - www.worldunlimited.co.uk
Teignmouth - Teignmouth Folk Concerts - www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk

Informational sites
Flaxey Green: www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Masses of information about local performers, bands, gigs, events, folk clubs... and much more... throughout South Devon and beyond. Flaxey Green particularly gives excellent information about two areas that Harberton Folk does not cover: Pub Sessions and Folk Dance Clubs.
Harberton Folk: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - Our own site, again with extensive, regularly updated listings for southern Devon

Devon Folk: www.devonfolk.co.uk - Devon Folk ("What's Afoot") folk listings, dance clubs, song clubs etc. across the county
Villages In Action:
www.villagesinaction.co.uk - Scheme covering 5 of 7 district council areas in Devon which helps bring quality professional performances including some folk events and participatory workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters
Somerset & Dorset Folk (Sadfolk): www.sadfolk.co.uk - Gateway to regular emailed folk information for Somerset and Dorset, including The David Hall at South Petherton and Bridgwater Arts Centre with regular major folk names, not too far from the east of our coverage area.

Acoustic Calendar for Wessex: An amazing "Guide to folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic" which essentially covers Somerset and Dorset, but also bits of all surrounding counties. Read more and/or download the full Calendar at www.folkmusicsomerset.co.uk/somerset_folk_diary.php. Also available by email subscription.

Folk on radio / internet
Folk on the BBC - A range of network (Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phglj), national (Radio Wales, Scotland etc.) and regional folk programmes from the BBC is available online (see www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/music/folk/player), and through iPlayer for up to 7 days after broadcast. A good example of a BBC weekly regional folk programme is Johnny Coppin on BBC Gloucestershire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_gloucestershire

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC presenter now has his own show online (current and archives dating back to January 2013) at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

UK Folk Music www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk - an online resource whose output for a period included a monthly version of Folkwaves, the excellent folk music programme hosted by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, formerly broadcast on BBC Radio Derby until the BBC dropped it in 2011. Listen at www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk/magazine/category/folkwaves.

The Music Well (formerly Radio Britfolk) www.themusicwellhome.co.uk is an online resource dedicated to folk. Extensive billboard and new releases playlists offer pure no-chat music, plus many archived programmes offer a wide listening choice.

Locally, Dartington's Soundart Radio 102.5 FM also webstreams at www.soundartradio.org.uk (or www.myspace.com/soundartfm). The schedule, which usually includes Merlin's weekly folk and roots programme Weds 8.30-10pm, is available on the website.
Exeter-based Phonic FM 106.8 and streaming online at www.phonic.fm includes a 'Roots and Shoots' programme (Mons 6-8pm).

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for ???
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
On that same page I shall also attempt to include a regular monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the
Bicton Inn in Exmouth
, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for September
will soon be available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

NEW Saturday 30 September 2017 8pm - Show of Hands - St Andrew's Church, Harberton TQ9 7SF nr Totnes (map)
Harberton Folk is delighted to have been able to seize the opportunity offered to stage a preview by Show of Hands www.showofhands.co.uk with Miranda Sykes of The Cathedrals Tour 2017, also featuring special guest Kirsty Merryn, in Harberton's village church. St Andrew's is a fine example of medieval architecture. We look forward to experiencing the lighting and sound system especially designed to enhance the ambience and acoustics of these grand old ecclesiastical buildings. All concert proceeds to the newly formed Harberton Church Community Fund (reg. charity 1172549) for the upkeep of this impressive 14th C building and the promotion of its use for community purposes in the future.
Free parking (at Harberton Parish Hall & Playing Field). No bar, but the Church House Inn is a few steps from the church door (drinks can be taken into church) and will also be opening the kitchen early offering a limited 2-course set menu from 5.00pm to 6.30pm specially for concert goers. Meals must be prebooked.
Full details at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/soh170930.htm.
Total (fully seated) capacity is only 200, including some restricted views. At the time of writing, 47 have already gone within 2 days of ticket release.